‘Mood is a word that comes to mind in the first lines of this fine engrossing novel – mood as atmosphere and as a human response. Raw, rich in flavor, and a very fine read, Not Without Risk takes them and the result is a very fine fresh novel.’ - San Francisco Review of Books
‘In spirit, Trewin's Liverpudlian noir is cousin to writers like Ian Rankin and Henning Mankell, as well as slow-burn British thrillers like Brighton Rock or Get Carter. Readers who get hooked by its retro charms are likely to keep turning pages until the end.’ - Blue Ink Reviews
‘The intriguing plot is complex with many twists and turns. Author Pete Trewin has delivered a compelling adventure mystery work in Not Without Risk. The title is reflective of the position in which Martin finds himself – as he continues on his quest, he may be putting his own life, as well as others’ lives, at high risk. How the mystery is solved is remarkable and unforeseen – an interesting tale, indeed.’ - Readers Favorite
‘Not Without Risk is no casual murder mystery, but a complex and well-detailed story, the real meat of which lies in well-detailed, absorbing descriptions of community and personalities which draw readers into the story and keep them on their toes and immersed.
Riveting and engrossing, Not Without Risk is especially recommended for prior fans of British murder investigations who like their reads steeped in social and political insights.’ - Mid West Book Reviews
‘Not Without Risk is a complex thriller which takes us on a lively journey through the sinister underworld of the city of Liverpool. Trying to put together all of the pieces of this complicated jigsaw puzzle is what makes Not Without Risk such an entertaining read. I enjoyed getting to know Martin, he’s a likeable chap. His lively banter with his colleague, Lester, and their thwarted efforts at getting fit made me laugh out loud, especially at the descriptions of Lester’s somewhat dubious sport attire. I found much to enjoy in Not Without Risk, not just because I’m a northerner and could appreciate the dry wit and ready repartee which is so reminiscent of this part of the country, but also from the way the author really brings Merseyside, and in particular, Liverpool, to life in such a convincing and entertaining way.’ - Jaffa Reads Too
‘In Pete Trewin’s engaging crime novel, Not Without Risk, an unwitting underdog is caught in the throes of corruption. The book is filled with twists and turns from the get-go. Dialogue that concentrates on relationships over fast-clipped scenes sets the pace in this crime thriller. Dilapidated backdrops set the tone, augmenting the book’s overarching theme of corruption and creating a dark, near dystopian aura. Balance comes through reflections on “the good old days,” when Liverpool contained plenty of green space and homes weren’t deliberately being torn down to create new housing projects. Not Without Risk is a nuanced work of crime fiction.’ - Foreword Clarion Reviews